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China angered at new U.S. defense act, to assess content

China angered at new U.S. defense act, to assess content China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new U.S. defense act, saying it exaggerated antagonism and that Beijing would take a close look at aspects that beef up the role of a U.S. panel that reviews foreign investment proposals. China's complaints about the act come as the world's two biggest economies engage in an increasingly bitter fight over trade, levying tariffs on each others' products. U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716-billion defense policy act on Monday that authorizes military spending and waters down controls on U.S. government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd .


New Mexico family believed dead boy's spirit would lead attacks: prosecutors

New Mexico family believed dead boy's spirit would lead attacks: prosecutors A 3-year-old boy found buried at a New Mexico desert compound died in a ritual to "cast out demonic spirits," but his extended family believed he would "return as Jesus" to identify "corrupt" targets for them to attack, prosecutors said in court on Monday. Prosecutors' account of an exorcism-like ritual, allegations of weapons training for children and references to martyrdom and conspiracy were aimed at persuading a judge to deny bond for the five adults charged with child abuse in the case. Defense attorneys said prosecutors sought to criminalize their clients for being African-Americans of Muslim faith.


Firefighters gain on major California blazes as heat wave breaks

Firefighters gain on major California blazes as heat wave breaks A break in the brutal heat wave that has baked California for much of the summer gave firefighters a chance to attack a string of major wildfires across the state that have killed eight people and destroyed thousands of homes. The cooler temperatures, off triple digits across much of Northern California, came during a two-day tour of the area by two Trump administration officials, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The intensity of this year's fire season, one of California's worst in more than a decade, showed the need for clearing underbrush and removing dead trees, Zinke told KRCR-TV during the visit.


Trump signs defense policy bill with watered-down China measures

Trump signs defense policy bill with watered-down China measures U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday that authorizes military spending and includes watered-down controls on U.S. government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL]. Trump signed the law at the U.S. Army's Fort Drum base in upstate New York on his way back to Washington after a 12-day working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. The bill was named for one of Trump's political critics, the ailing U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, but he did not mention McCain's name.


Florida shooting: Man arrested in 'stand your ground' case

Florida shooting: Man arrested in 'stand your ground' case ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a white man with manslaughter Monday in the death of an unarmed black man whose video-recorded shooting in a store parking lot has revived debate over Florida's "stand your ground" law.


It’s Official: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is An Ostrich About Wildfires

It’s Official: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is An Ostrich About Wildfires At a conservative event in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on Friday, Interior


Markets rattled as Turkish lira dives

Markets rattled as Turkish lira dives New York (AFP) - Turkey's troubled lira tumbled Monday to fresh record lows against the euro and dollar, piling pressure on stock markets on fears the country's crisis could spill over into the world economy.


Trump signs defense policy bill with watered-down China measures

Trump signs defense policy bill with watered-down China measures U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday that authorizes military spending and includes watered-down controls on U.S. government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Trump signed the law at the U.S. Army's Fort Drum base in upstate New York on his way back to Washington after a 12-day working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. The bill was named for one of Trump's political critics, the ailing U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, but he did not mention McCain's name.


Boy at New Mexico compound died in ritual ceremony, prosecutors say

Boy at New Mexico compound died in ritual ceremony, prosecutors say Authorities found the remains at a ramshackle compound north of Taos where 11 other children were found alive but malnourished in a raid on the site 10 days ago. The prosecutor said during a court hearing for five adults arrested on charges of abusing the 11 children that they had been trained to use weapons and defend the compound in the event of an FBI raid. The adults, including three women who police said were the mothers of the 11 children, were charged with 11 counts of felony child abuse.


Former Transmar executive sentenced to three years prison for fraud

Former Transmar executive sentenced to three years prison for fraud Former Transmar Commodity Group Ltd chief executive Peter G. Johnson was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday after he pleaded guilty to defrauding banks in order to win a $400 million credit line for the now bankrupt New Jersey-based cocoa trading company, prosecutors said. Prosecutors had said in a court filing that federal guidelines would call for a sentence of more than 15 years.


Florida man charged in 'stand your ground' shooting

Florida man charged in 'stand your ground' shooting The suspect, Michael Drejka of Clearwater, was taken into custody on Monday, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. “We did our own investigation," said Bernie McCabe, the state attorney for Pinellas and Pasco Counties who filed the charges in explaining his decision to prosecute. The law, which removes legal responsibility to retreat from a dangerous situation, was cited as a factor in the fatal 2012 shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain who was eventually acquitted.


Illinois Man with Parrot on His Shoulder Rescued From Mud Hole by Firefighters

Illinois Man with Parrot on His Shoulder Rescued From Mud Hole by Firefighters The bird got stuck in the mud, then its owner got stuck in the mud trying to rescue it.


70 Healthy Snacks That Are Way Better Than Anything in a Vending Machine

Giuliani Offers Latest Version Of Comey-Trump Conversation About Flynn

Giuliani Offers Latest Version Of Comey-Trump Conversation About Flynn WASHINGTON -- Hoping to reconcile conflicting explanations about whether


Firefighters gain on major California blazes as heat wave breaks

Firefighters gain on major California blazes as heat wave breaks A break in the sizzling heat wave that has baked California for much of the summer gave firefighters a chance to attack a string of major wildfires burning across the state that have killed eight people and destroyed thousands of homes. The cooler temperatures came during a two-day tour of devastated neighborhoods by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Zinke told local KRCR-TV during the visit that the intensity of this year's fire season showed the need for clearing underbrush and removing dead trees.


The Latest: WWII remains returned, brothers pay last respect

The Latest: WWII remains returned, brothers pay last respect PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the return of a Marine whose remains were returned Monday after 70 years (all times local):


Iraq PM defends stance on US sanctions against Iran

Iraq PM defends stance on US sanctions against Iran Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday defended his stance on US sanctions against Iran in the face of harsh criticism from Tehran and its allies in Baghdad. Abadi has cancelled a visit to Iran, his press office said Sunday, after announcing last week that Iraq would reluctantly comply with renewed US sanctions against Tehran.


Key Afghan city turned into 'ghost town' by deadly battles

Key Afghan city turned into 'ghost town' by deadly battles KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of people have fled four days of fierce fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over the key provincial capital of Ghazni that has killed about 120 security forces and civilians, the defense minister and witnesses said Monday.


Elon Musk Promises a New Feature to Improve Tesla Charging Journeys

Elon Musk Promises a New Feature to Improve Tesla Charging Journeys Users will soon be able to better judge their journeys.


Mark Hamill Shares The Terrible Career Advice He Gave Arnold Schwarzenegger

Mark Hamill Shares The Terrible Career Advice He Gave Arnold Schwarzenegger When Mark Hamill's career took off after landing his iconic role in "Star


Utah plane crash: Pilot dies and house 'engulfed in flames' after aircraft crashes into building

Utah plane crash: Pilot dies and house 'engulfed in flames' after aircraft crashes into building A man died after flying a plane into his house following a domestic dispute he had with his wife over the weekend, authorities said. Duane Youd was arrested on Sunday night after witnesses said they saw him allegedly assaulting his wife outside near Payson Canyon, Utah, where he had been drinking. Mr Youd’s wife and a child were inside the house at the time of the crash, investigators said.


Italy calls on UK to take responsibility for 141 people rescued by ship sailing under Gibraltar flag

Italy calls on UK to take responsibility for 141 people rescued by ship sailing under Gibraltar flag Italy’s transport minister has called on the UK to take responsibility for 141 people rescued by a ship sailing under the flag of the British territory of Gibraltar. Danilo Toninelli, the transport and infrastructure minister and a senior member of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), said via Twitter on Monday that the rescue was co-ordinated by the Libyan coast guard and the rescue ship was in Maltese waters, sailing under the flag of Gibraltar. “At this point the United Kingdom assumes its responsibility for the safeguarding of the shipwrecks," he said.  A European Commission spokesperson said all diplomatic channels were being employed to find a country willing to take the migrants, who were plucked from wooden boats in two operations 25 nautical miles off the Libyan coast Friday. French charity organisation SOS Mediterranee, which co-operates the ship with Doctors Without Borders, said on Monday they had sailed to a standby point mid-way between Malta and Italy (both countries are refusing to allow the Aquarius to dock) while awaiting Europe to assign a safe port. L'Ong #Aquarius è stata coordinata dalla Guardia Costiera libica in area di loro responsabilità. La nave è ora in acque maltesi e batte bandiera di Gibilterra. A questo punto il Regno Unito si assuma le sue responsabilità per la salvaguardia dei naufraghi.— Danilo Toninelli (@DaniloToninelli) August 13, 2018 Approximately 70 per cent of the migrants are from Somalia and Eritrea, including 67 unaccompanied minors and two pregnant women. They told rescuers five ships passed by them without offering help. Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said on Monday the Aquarius can “go where it wants, but not to Italy.” “Aquarius NGO ship with another 141 immigrants on board: German owned, rented by French NGO, foreign crew, in Maltese waters, flying the flag of Gibraltar,” Salvini said via Twitter, adding hashtags #closedports and #openhearts. A migrant child plays with a member of the crew on board the MV Aquarius rescue ship run by SOS Mediterranee organisation and Doctors Without Borders during a search and rescue (SAR) operation in the Mediterranean Sea, off the Libyan Coast, August 12  Credit: GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE/REUTERS The far-right leader of the League party has initiated a tough stance on migration since taking over as interior minister, essentially closing Italy’s ports to NGO vessels. The same ship was turned away from ports in Italy and Malta in June after rescuing more than 600 migrants, who were eventually taken to Spain. “European governments have put all their efforts into propping up the Libyan Joint Rescue Coordination Center, however Friday’s events show they don’t have the capacity to fully coordinate a rescue,” said Aloys Vimard, MSF’s project coordinator on board the Aquarius. “A rescue is not complete until there is safe disembarkation.”


Erdogan vows action against 'economic terrorists' over lira plunge

Erdogan vows action against 'economic terrorists' over lira plunge The lira currency, which has lost more than 40 percent against the U.S. dollar this year, pulled back from a record low of 7.24 earlier on Monday after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity, but it remained under selling pressure and its meltdown continued to rattle global markets. "There are economic terrorists on social media," Erdogan told a gathering of Turkish ambassadors at the presidential palace in Ankara, adding that the judiciary and financial authorities were taking action in response.


The Navy Is Going To War Against Mines

The Navy Is Going To War Against Mines Could new technology make them obsolete? 


Trump adviser Stephen Miller's uncle: My nephew is 'an immigration hypocrite'

Trump adviser Stephen Miller's uncle: My nephew is 'an immigration hypocrite' Stephen Miller, the architect of some of Trump’s most controversial anti-immigration policies, has been assailed by critics who are quick to point out that Miller himself is a grandchild of refugees. Now Miller’s own uncle is joining the outcry.


John Oliver Finds Himself In 'Pure Straight-Up Opposite World'

John Oliver Finds Himself In 'Pure Straight-Up Opposite World' John Oliver of "Last Week Tonight" wants to make sure Americans aren't fooled


Palestinian shot during May US embassy protest dies: ministry

Palestinian shot during May US embassy protest dies: ministry A Palestinian shot three months ago in clashes along the Israel-Gaza border has died while being treated in Egypt, the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said Monday. Wissam Hijazi, 30, was shot on May 14 during a day of huge protests against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP. The body has not yet been returned to Gaza, he said.


Electrify America launches "Jetstones" ad campaign

Electrify America launches "Jetstones" ad campaign If regular automakers aren't advertising their electric cars well enough, maybe purveyors of electric-car infrastructure can fill in the gaps. Electrify America, VW's court-mandated effort to build a nationwide DC fast-charge network, is launching its first ad campaign Monday on behalf of all electric cars. READ THIS: Electrify America switches on the first 350-kw Fast Charging station in Chicopee, Mass.


Top GOP Congressman's Son Gives Money To Democrat Running For Father's Seat

Top GOP Congressman's Son Gives Money To Democrat Running For Father's Seat Bobby Goodlatte, son of retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), has announced his


The Economy Won't Save Republicans In The Midterms

The Economy Won't Save Republicans In The Midterms Donald Trump keeps bragging about the economy -- an unemployment rate of just


Off-the-grid dream becomes nightmare in New Mexico compound

Off-the-grid dream becomes nightmare in New Mexico compound Relatives and neighbors say things began to go downhill for Lucas Morton, 39, shortly after he arrived in this vast alpine valley about 40 miles (64 km) north of Taos in a white moving van last December. The families set up home on a 10-acre plot of land that was near to one owned by Morton, a carpenter, but which actually belonged to U.S. Army veteran Jason Badger. The vet filed a court complaint but the Morton and Wahhaj families stayed on the land.


Florida girl, 7, dies after being struck by stray bullet sitting in car

Florida girl, 7, dies after being struck by stray bullet sitting in car Heydi Rivas Villanueva was sitting in a vehicle with her father on Saturday evening when a stray bullet struck her in the head, killing her, police said.


Two Koreas plan third summit of Kim, Moon next month

Two Koreas plan third summit of Kim, Moon next month Officials from both sides meeting in the truce village of Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, reached an agreement on a September summit between the countries' leaders in the North's capital of Pyongyang. No date was announced for what will be the third meeting this year between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. There they agreed that Moon would visit the North's capital in the autumn, though the pair met again in May in an unannounced meeting at Panmunjom.


Washington white nationalist rally sputters in sea of counterprotesters

Washington white nationalist rally sputters in sea of counterprotesters A large police presence kept the two sides separated in Lafayette Square, in front of the White House. After two hours and a few speeches, the "Unite the Right 2" rally ended early when it began to rain and two police vans took the demonstrators back to Virginia. Sunday's events, while tense at times, were a far cry from the street brawls that broke out in downtown Charlottesville a year ago, when a local woman was killed by a man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.


Baltimore police officer caught on camera punching civilian on sidewalk resigns

Baltimore police officer caught on camera punching civilian on sidewalk resigns A Baltimore police officer who was caught on camera brutally beating a civilian has resigned. The Baltimore Police Department confirmed on 12 August that the unidentified police officer had stepped down, one day after the disturbing video led to his suspension. Although the victim, identified as 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier, tries to block punches being thrown at him, he doesn't appear to fight back and soon falls to the ground.


Puerto Ricans Seek To Rebuild A Shattered Health Care System After Hurricane Maria

Puerto Ricans Seek To Rebuild A Shattered Health Care System After Hurricane Maria For more than six months after the storms, Ingrid Morales settled down to


The Big Reveal: Jason and Brittany Aldean Announce Gender Of Baby No. 2

The Big Reveal: Jason and Brittany Aldean Announce Gender Of Baby No. 2 > A post shared by Jason Aldean (@jasonaldean) on Aug 12, 2018 at 3:49pm PDT


Trump Tweets Support For Harley-Davidson Boycott

Trump Tweets Support For Harley-Davidson Boycott President Donald Trump expressed support toward Harley-Davidson motorcycle


White House responds to secret tape

White House responds to secret tape The White House fired back after former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released an explosive secret audio recording. ABC News' Elizabeth Hur reports.


They’re Running?!? The Rock And Elizabeth Warren Share The Love On Twitter

They’re Running?!? The Rock And Elizabeth Warren Share The Love On Twitter Who would've guessed?